Being a dog owner has truly been one of the greatest joys of my life, and I know Dave’s as well. It’s been two and a half years since we adopted Leia, and we haven’t looked back since! Knowing we were able to give a loving home to a dog who needed one was a great feeling, but I know that Leia has given us far more than we’ve given her. She’s constantly loving and a positive force in our home. We’ve been able to learn a lot from her. Today I’m sharing 9 lessons we can learn from our dogs, because they have some truly amazing traits that we should all aim to have!
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Loyalty can be a fleeting trait among humans, but dogs are famous for their loyalty. Through thick and thin, Leia loves Dave and I and would put her life on the line to protect us. I can tell because of how she barks at the wind, thinking it’s an intruder. But really, when Dave travels for work, she’s extra protective and keeps her eye on the door in high alert so she can watch out for me until Dave gets home.
It breaks my heart to have to scold Leia for anything. She can be a trouble maker, so it’s not unusual. But you know what? She never holds a grudge. She doesn’t sulk off and pout when she gets yelled at. Instead she curls up next to me and continues to love me just as much as she did before.
And when Dave and I went on our two-week honeymoon, Leia didn’t hold it against us. She didn’t ignore us when we got home, but jumped for joy and then life went back to normal as if we had never left. But we still felt terrible about leaving her!
The Importance of Exercise
Leia is up for a run anywhere, anytime. I don’t have quite her energy level or motivation. But wouldn’t you know, each and every time I take the girl for a run, I feel better. I have more energy, I feel better about myself, I have a better outlook on life. I wouldn’t have thought to go if Leia wasn’t so eager, but the benefits are endless.
After three years, Leia’s energy level is still almost always at a 10. But when I had my wisdom teeth removed recently and spent the bulk of three days on the couch sleeping and recovering, Leia was right there next to me. I don’t know how she knew, but it’s like she sensed that I needed some extra puppy snuggles that weekend. As much as she loves the attention on her, she’s full of empathy when Dave or I is sick.
No amount of hugs, kisses, and snuggles could ever be too much for a dog. Leia would spend her entire day up against either Dave or I if she had the option. Sometimes physical affection can show love when words can’t or when words aren’t necessary. It’s true for our dogs, but it’s true for relationships between humans as well.
Don’t Take Loved Ones for Granted
It doesn’t matter how long Dave and I have been gone, Leia is over-the-moon excited to see us each time we walk in the door. She is just as excited to see us after leaving for 30 seconds to check the mail as she is when we return from a long day of work. There is nothing like that feeling of knowing someone is going to be jumping for joy (literally) to see you when you get home. Maybe all relationships would be a little better off if we all showed as much excitement when we saw our spouses, family, friends, etc.
Live In the Moment
As humans, we spend so much time thinking about and planning our future. And sometimes we actually let the things we haven’t gotten or haven’t accomplished impact our happiness now. We spend our time living in the future. But dogs don’t do that. Sure, Leia would love a yard to run around in. But she doesn’t spend her days fretting about the fact that Dave and I haven’t bought a house, or wondering when we will. I can’t say the same for Dave and I. Dogs are just happy living in the moment, taking each day as it comes.
Don’t Let Your Past Define You
Anyone who has rescued a dog can attest to this. So many dogs suffer abandonment, abuse, etc, and still have so much love to give. There is no better feeling than rescuing a pup and giving them a home where they can flourish and become happy as can be.
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Don’t Judge a Book By It’s Cover
When Leia sees another dog, she doesn’t judge them by their fur or their breed or their size. Whenever we encounter a new dog, no matter what kind, Leia is excited to meet them. She might not have gotten along with every dog she’s ever met, but she gave them all a chance. As humans, we would be a lot better off if we did the same.
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What lessons have you learned from your dog?
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